Operatastic!

Before Christmas we were sitting around with family discussing gingerbread houses – TB has made a few over the years. We decided to see what was on the net and not surprisingly many searches led to this gingerbread re-creation of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. OK, so we weren’t going quite there.

Instead TB decided to make a reproduction of Australia’s most famous ‘house’, the Sydney Opera House, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. (Even though we have Parliament House here in Canberra, we thought it was a bit boring). It was easy enough to find a schematic drawing of the Opera House, but making the curved shapes required finding a bowl that could go into the oven to make the ‘shell’ sections.

Cooked 'shells' and schematic drawings.
Cooked ‘shells’ and schematic drawings.

TB simplified his construction focussing on making only the four main ‘shells’ and not the fiddly bits in between. Then came construction with the help of a lot of icing mix.

Gingerbread Opera House shells held together with icing.
Gingerbread Opera House shells held together with icing.

We got a bit carried away when it came to the icing, we found far too much glitter and shiny stuff in the cake decorating aisle of the supermarket.

Sticking the decorated bits of the Opera House together proved challenging.
Sticking the decorated bits of the Opera House together proved challenging.

At last – 2 kilos of gingerbread mix and 1 kilo of icing later and we were done!

Nothing if not exuberant!
Nothing if not exuberant!

We had a very positive response from the friends we had Christmas lunch with. We managed to get it to their house with only some one little break – unlike what was left over after lunch.

 

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